On March 1, 1893, the gates opened at the Chicago World's Fair: an entertainment wonderland attracting 26 million visitors over the course of six months with never before seen art, food, alcoholic beverages, and a newfangled bevy of technological gadgets.
120 years later, the Field Museum has unveiled Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair, a 10-month long exhibit of incredible artifacts and specimens from the fairgrounds to commemorate the occasion.
A recent post by WBEZ's Curious City also paid homage to the incomparable splendor of the World's Fair, and it got me thinking about the many Chicago "firsts" that the fair produced.
Which Chicago inventions debuted at the 1893 fair, and which came after? And which of these can our city really claim?